So, how’re those New Year’s resolutions working out for you? If you haven’t followed through, or can’t even remember what they were that’s OK. You’re not alone. Most people who make them don’t keep them and before February is over 80% of us have let our resolutions fall to the wayside.
There’s a lot of pressure to declare monumental life changes at the first of the year. What’s unfortunate about this tradition is it occurs at a time that is notorious for people feeling down in the dumps. It’s dark, it’s cold and it’s gloomy. The holiday season is over and there’s no more occasions to get dressed up and together with friends and family. It’s hibernation time which makes sticking to a commitment to self improvement all the more difficult.
Just like it doesn’t have to be Halloween to eat candy it doesn’t have to be the first of the year to set goals and intentions. Create your own tradition by doing a mid year review of how you’re doing, what you’re doing and what, if anything, you want to change. The longer, warmer days of spring and summer are much more conducive to making and sticking with new habits.
If you made resolutions, review those goals you set for the new year. Whether it was one or a dozen it’s good to take a look at where your head was at then. You may be surprised that you achieved 1 or 2 of them without even realizing it! You also may find that your life has changed since and that some of those resolutions don’t even apply any more.
Maybe one of those resolutions was Dry January, either for a post holiday cleanse or to quit drinking once and for all. If it led to you making the life change you wanted, congratulations! If it didn’t and you continue to think about making a shift to sobriety, Cindy and her team of Recovery Coaches can help. A Recovery Coach works with you, supporting you on every step of your journey. You can find out more about Recovery Coaching here.
Whether or not you made new year’s resolutions, make a new list. A list of what you’re dreaming about doing, anything and everything from travel to career to relationships. No dream is too big to dream. To make it more manageable break it down into two groups: short term goals for what you want to do now and long term goals for your future plans. Then set your intentions to achieve those goals.
Life shifts are big shifts and at the beginning it can seem overwhelming. Start by taking small steps and identify any roadblocks in your way. Is your phone interrupting your desired morning routine? Put it away until you have your workout or journaling completed. If you want to read more, resist the binge watching one or two nights a week and retreat to a quiet space where you can get lost in a book. Where there is a will there’s a way and there’s always a plausible way to pursue your dreams.
Make a mid year review a part of your self care routine. Whether you’re stuck in an undesirable pattern or feel the need to freshen up your habits, a good close look at where you are and what you want could be just the thing to set you on the right track. And when New Year’s rolls around and those around you feel the pressure to remake their lives, you’ll already be set and on your way to your new you.
If this sounds like you, someone you know or someone you work with, The Recovery Coach NY provides Individual and Family Coaching, Companions & Transport, Intervention and emergency services. For more information and additional services visit our website.
The Recovery Coach NY has years of experience and a vast array of resources that can help those in need find the path to the life they deserve, filled with joy and purpose. We come with an empathetic ear and solution-oriented actions that can begin to bring the relief you and your loved one seek.
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